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Q: Dividing New Jersey into two States ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Dividing New Jersey into two States
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: rickw10-ga
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Posted: 31 Aug 2005 11:29 PDT
Expires: 30 Sep 2005 11:29 PDT
Question ID: 562728
When I was a kid in New Jersey in the 1970s, I seem to recall there
was some sort of referendum, or ballot, or initiative, or bill, or
some other genuine effort to officially break the state of New Jersey
up into two separate states (North and South).  I know that the
demographics and culture of north Jersey and south Jersey are about as
different as two separate states can be, so this doesn't sound
entirely surprising, but I do not have any specific information about
whether this really happened, how far it went, what the results were,
etc.  Can you please tell me whether this was proposed, under what
circumstances, how far it went and what the results were?
Subject: Re: Dividing New Jersey into two States
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 31 Aug 2005 12:10 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello rickw,

There was an effort to split six South Jersey counties from the rest of the state.

"On Election Day in 1980, 51 percent of voters in six South Jersey
counties declared in a non-binding referendum that they wanted to
secede and establish a new state ....

The secession vote had no official weight.  It essentially was a
megaphone-scale opinion poll that caught Trenton's attention ...."

Google cache of "Across The Great Divide," by Kevin Coyne (Jan. 2005)
New Jersey Monthly

- justaskscott

Search strategy --

After some trial and error, I found the page I've cited with the
following search on Google:

"north jersey" "south jersey" referendum
rickw10-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
JustAskScott got me the basic information I was looking for.  Thank you.

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